EPA To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2330) 21 days ago
Now that fuel efficiency standards are being rolled back by Trump's EPA, get ready for more gas-guzzlers on the road; having to buy more gasoline; and more carbon dioxide emissions.


Here's a brief history of U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards:

Posted by The man from snowy plains (-111) 21 days ago
Hey if you were too stupid to save some of the old vehicles from OBAMA CASH FOR CLUNKERS.You deserve the mostly plastic over engineered vehicles that are rediculace to fix and maintenance yourself.
With Trumps Tariff of Imports and rolling back EPA standards, America can build better once again. Cars that have a operating life of more than 100,000 miles and are not totaled out by a slow speed fender bender.
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2330) 17 days ago
So, with great fanfare the Trump Administration has announced it is going to roll back fuel standards for cars and light trucks. In the future you will be buying more gas, and paying more taxes on that gas, for your gas guzzling car or truck.


However, I bet you didn't hear about the big tax break the Trump Administration gave the oil companies earlier this year--back in January, 2018. Let's review.

"Without Fanfare, Oil Companies Just Received a Tax Break on New Year's Day" by Juliet Eilperin and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, January 5, 2018

"Congressional Republicans allowed a tax on oil companies that generated hundreds of millions of dollars annually for federal oil-spill response efforts to expire this week — a move that amounts to another corporate break in the wake of lawmakers’ sweeping tax overhaul late last month.

The tax on companies selling oil in the United States generated an average of $500 million in federal revenue per year, according to the Government Accountability Office. The money, collected through a 9 cents-per-barrel tax on domestic crude oil and imported crude oil and petroleum products, constituted the main source of revenue for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

The fund has roughly $5.7 billion in reserve. Intended to help the government respond quickly to accidents on land or offshore, it was established in 1986 but only got a stable source of funding in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. . . . .

Environmentalists called the tax lapse another industry victory under President Trump at the expense of people and wildlife located near sites susceptible to spills.

“We see it as illustrative of the way in which Trump and the GOP continue to push giveaways for corporate polluters at any cost,” said Lukas Ross, a climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth. “They had a tax bill that disproportionately benefited the fossil fuel industry, and then they allowed a $500 million-a-year tax on that same industry to expire.”"

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I'm thinking this news story is another example of why Trump doesn't like The Washington Post or its owner, Jeff Bezos. I'm also thinking Sinclair Broadcasting may not have broadcast the news story about the oil companies getting this new tax break.
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2330) 17 days ago
It appears if one is an oil company, one can buy a Trump Administration official like EPA's, Scott Pruitt, real cheap -- for as low as $50 dollars per day! Not a bad deal if one is an oil company; not such a great deal for those of us who believe in the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency, and prefer clean air and water.

"Pruitt Had a $50-a-Day Condo Linked to Lobbyists. Their Client’s Project Got Approved" by Eric Lipton New York Times, April 3, 2018

"The Environmental Protection Agency signed off last March on a Canadian energy company’s pipeline-expansion plan at the same time that the E.P.A. chief, Scott Pruitt, was renting a condominium linked to the energy company’s powerful Washington lobbying firm.

Both the E.P.A. and the lobbying firm dispute that there was any connection between the agency’s action and the condo rental, for which Mr. Pruitt was paying $50 a night."

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Oh yes, and Trump called Scott Pruitt and told him, "we've got your back" "keep your head up and keep fighting"

I ask: Fighting for what? The oil industry?? And, is it the job of the EPA's Administrator to fight for the oil industry?

Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2330) 17 days ago
Posted by The man from snowy plains (-111) 17 days ago
Oh my MCD, surely you know the green energy of WIND and Solar includes lots of USA Natural gas, and GASP. To open up the shales with that darn OL FRACKIN. But no, you just poke and past as much Liberal fake news as you can find.